HRETDs anti-Hijacking techniques and risk mitigation training course details
Anti-Hijacking techniques
and risk mitigation
SAQA unit standard: Supplementary to SAQA 123253 and 123254
Field: Services
NQF level:  Not applicable
Maximum learners per group: Ten learners
Novice training duration: One day
Re-certification training duration: Not applicable
HRETDs anti-Hijacking techniques and risk mitigation training course details
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Fleet logistics and
defensive driver
4x4 defensive driving
AARTO for fleet managers
AARTO for professional drivers
Anti-hijacking techniques
Dangerous goods by road
Diesel locomotive shunting
Economic driving
Expat RSA roads orientation
Gravel roads defensive driving
Heavy vehicle defensive driving - essential skills
Heavy vehicle defensive driving - full skills training
Light delivery vehicles
Lowbed securement
Maintaining customer relations
Motorcycle defensive driving
Professional driver evaluations
Rigid heavy vehicles
Side tipper trucks
Vehicle combinations
Crane operations
Lift trucks
Lifting operations
Earthmoving plant
Construction plant
Construction site safety
Health and safety
Working at heights
ISO standards
Dangerous goods
Tools & powertools
Landscaping tools

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Included in this mutimedia training programme Shocking statistics on vehicle hijackings underscore the necessity for robust countermeasures. HRETD's "Anti-Hijacking Techniques and Risk Mitigation" course is designed to equip drivers with the skills to recognize and respond to hijacking threats effectively. The curriculum covers a range of preventative and reactive strategies.

Be Prepared, Stay Alert. Our hands-on training simulates hijacking scenarios, enabling participants to practice situational awareness and rapid decision-making. By mastering specific anti-hijacking manoeuvres and understanding the psychology of hijackers, you enhance your ability to evade potentially life-threatening situations. The course incorporates progress quizzes and real-world videos to reinforce these essential skills.

This course is not only a career asset but also a life skill, benefitting individual drivers, fleet operators, and organizations concerned with the well-being of their staff and the security of their vehicles.

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Anti-Hijacking techniques and risk mitigation training

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Course content

Introduction to Anti-Hijacking

This initial section offers an insightful overview of the importance of mastering antihijacking techniques. Participants will be introduced to the primary objectives of the training, with a special emphasis on enhancing their capabilities to ensure safety and effectively respond to hijacking attempts. This foundational segment aims to set the tone for the course, establishing a clear understanding of the significance of the skills to be developed and their practical applications in real-world scenarios.

Understanding Hijacking Risks

In this crucial segment, drivers will delve into the multifaceted nature of hijacking risks that heavy vehicle operators frequently encounter. The course focuses on fostering a comprehensive awareness of potential threats and vulnerabilities, particularly those associated with different routes and environments. Through interactive discussions and case studies, participants will be equipped with the knowledge to assess and mitigate risks, laying the groundwork for the development of proactive prevention strategies.

Prevention Strategies

The third section is dedicated to exploring a variety of preventive measures and best practices aimed at minimizing the likelihood of hijacking incidents. Participants will learn the importance of meticulous vehicle maintenance, strategic route planning, and effective communication protocols. These preventive strategies are designed to enhance overall safety, enabling drivers to anticipate and address potential threats before they escalate into critical situations.

Situational Awareness Development

This segment of the course is designed to cultivate heightened situational awareness among participants. Through practical exercises and simulated scenarios, drivers will learn to recognize the early warning signs of a potential hijack and develop swift and effective response mechanisms. The acquired skills will empower participants to assess situations accurately, make informed decisions, and take decisive actions to mitigate risks and ensure safety.

Practical Anti-Hijacking Techniques

In this hands-on section, participants will engage in practical training to master a range of evasive driving manoeuvres and adopt behaviours that act as deterrents to hijackers. The focus is on enabling drivers to maintain control of the vehicle and safeguard both themselves and their cargo under challenging circumstances. By practicing these techniques, participants will enhance their confidence and preparedness to face and thwart hijacking attempts.

Emergency Communication and Response

This section emphasizes the significance of effective communication and adherence to emergency protocols during and after a hijacking incident. Participants will be instructed on the appropriate methods for contacting authorities and executing coordinated responses. By understanding and practicing these communication strategies, drivers will be better equipped to facilitate timely interventions and support from relevant agencies, contributing to a more controlled and secure environment.

Legal and Ethical Considerations

The course also delves into the legal and ethical dimensions of anti-hijacking. Participants will engage in discussions about the rights and responsibilities of drivers, exploring the legal framework that governs hijacking incidents and responses. This knowledge is essential for ensuring that drivers act within the boundaries of the law while protecting themselves and others, thereby maintaining their integrity and upholding the reputation of their profession.

Debriefing and Feedback

To conclude the training, a reflective debriefing session will be held, allowing participants to consolidate their learning and reflect on their experiences. Instructors will provide valuable feedback on individual performance, address any remaining queries, and facilitate discussions on strategies for continuous improvement in implementing anti-hijacking techniques.

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TETA accreditedTraining programme accreditation

This training programme considered supplementary to, and forms part of Transport Education Training Authority (TETA) unit standards 123253 (Operate a Rigid heavy vehicle), 123254 (Operate a vehicle combination), and other national roads user driver competency training standards.

HRETD certification policy

Provided that the entry requirements have been met, and the learner found competent, the candidate will be issued with a certificate of competence.

HRETD offers training programmes, from short skills courses to train the trainer courses. We specialise in legal compliance training that is accredited with the TETA and CETA when it comes to technical training, operator training, in service training and onsite training. Our assessors and facilitator trainers responsible for assessment, recertification and certification offer effective training that is Cost effective, competitively priced and affordable in the SADC region including Namibia. We also offer course development. For the transport and logistics industry we offer driver training, advanced driver training and Dangerous goods by road training, as well as diesel locomotive shunting and Fuel bowser training. Rigid heavy vehicle, tip truck, vehicle combination and Water cart training are also offered. When it comes to crane operations training, the lifting machines we specialise in are Heavy cranes and Mobile cranes, as well as Mobilifts, Cabin Overhead cranes, Pendant Overhead cranes and Single girder hoists. We also do Telescopic materials handler, sometimes called Telehandlers and Truck mounted cranes, sometimes called HIAB and Tower cranes. We train on a variety of lift trucks and forklift including counterbalanced lift truck, Advanced defined purpose lift trucks, defined purpose lift trucks and Side loader lift trucks. We also do rough terrain lift trucks, Reach trucks and Pedestrian stackers. Besides these, we also train on order pickers, Side loaders, Very narrow aisle lift trucks and Rail mounted stackers. We give a variety of lifting equipment and lifting operations training including Basic rigging, Banksman and Lifting equipment inspection. We also offer Safe lifting practise training. When it comes to earthmoving plant, we do articulated dump trucks, Concrete dumpers, Excavators and Face shovels. Also offered is Front end loaders, Graders and Rigid dump trucks. We specialise in training for Scrapers, Skid steer loaders and TLBs. Other earthmoving training includes Track type dozers, Tractors and Wheeled dozers (bulldozers). Tractor loader backhoe and dumpers are also offered. Our construction plant training courses includes Asphalt pavers, MEWP (also called cherry picker or mobile elevating works platform), rock breaker and jackhammer, rollers (road rollers) and Tyre handler attachments. When it comes to scaffolding training, we give scaffolding erecting and scaffold inspection – basically scaffolding safety which complies with SANS 10085 – 2004. Our health and safety training includes Construction Regulations 2014 overview or in depth, Construction site flagman and Excavation safety inspection. We also do Ladder inspection, Site safety awareness and Working at heights (also referred to as heights safety or fall arrest as well as Accident/incident investigation and Confined space entry. We offer accredited Fire fighting level 1 and Fire fighting level 2, as well as accredited First aid level 1 and First aid level 2 training. Other safety training we offer is General housekeeping, Handling HAZMAT and Health and safety rep (also called SHE rep and SHEQ), permissions training such as Hot work permissions, Lockout and isolation (also called Lockout Tagout training) We cover the OHS in depth and we have an overview course. We provide Stacking and storing and Stacking and storing HAZMAT (Hazardous materials) training. We train in powertools safety (correctly written power tools) such as Angle grinders, Boilermaking techniques (and welding and arc cutting), Cut-off saws and general Workshop safety including hand tools. When it comes to landscaping (both horticulture and agricultural), we offer Brush cutters, Chainsaws and Lawnmower training. John, a construction team supervisor, was keen on implementing quality principles on his construction site. One day, a scaffold erecting and dismantling supervisor named Sarah joined the team. They had a quick meeting on planned task observations, as they aimed to apply quality control meticulously. The supervisory skills John had acquired in his training courses proved effective as he managed the team smoothly. An incident occurred when they started to operate pan compactors and trench compactors. Safety was their top priority, and they had a fire and evacuation marshal named Tim, as well as a fall protection planner named Emily. Both had gone through rigorous task observation training and were adept at safety monitoring. Suddenly, a fall arrest situation happened. A worker named Jack was dangling from the scaffold. Emily, the fall protection planner, initiated the protocols while Tim, the fire and evacuation marshal, cleared the area. Another team member, trained as a fall arrest rescue technician, sprung into action and rescued Jack efficiently. The next day, the management decided to elevate the role of the fire and evacuation marshal and the fall protection planner, to include teaching supervisory skills and management skills to all staff. It was crucial to maintain standards, including those for scaffold erection, soil compaction, and machinery operation. In the end, John felt proud of his team's swift actions and appreciated how every member's training in areas like conflict resolution, construction safety, and task safety played a role in averting a crisis. The management, impressed by the team's performance, decided to engage Sarah, the scaffold supervisor, to oversee scaffold dismantling as well. Sarah had significant scaffolding skills and had completed courses in leadership training and employee supervision. She was an expert at operating heavy machinery, including the trench compactors. John's team was also responsible for off-road 4x4 driving techniques, heavy vehicle defensive driving, and AARTO system regulations. Given the mix of terrains they had to navigate to reach different construction sites, these skills were essential. They even had courses for light delivery vehicles and motorcycle defensive driving for delivery staff. With AARTO system training, they made sure that professional drivers understood the legal obligations and safety requirements, particularly for fleet managers. To address the challenge of securing heavy machinery for transport, they had a specialized training session on lowbed securement best practices. A team member, Mark, was excellent at maintaining customer relations, a skill he acquired through specific training programs. As the team expanded, pre-employment professional driver evaluations were introduced. This helped in assessing the driving skills of new recruits, which was crucial for maintaining construction site safety. Economic driving skills were taught to make the best use of fuel, reducing operational costs. Their training programs also catered to expats, offering RSA roads orientation, anti-hijacking techniques, and risk mitigation. They even included a unique program focusing on defensive driving for gravel roads. The last addition to their training curriculum was a special course on economic driving skills and techniques to help save fuel and reduce emissions. One day, they received a big project that required additional skilled workers. Luckily, John had undergone supervisory training, enabling him to manage even larger teams effectively. The project was a big success, and it was all thanks to their diverse skill set, continuous training, and excellent supervisory skills. The team felt a sense of accomplishment, knowing their comprehensive training—from 4x4 driving techniques to construction equipment operation—made them versatile and effective in their roles.
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